Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)
Can I apply for DHP?
How much DHP will I receive?
The decision on whether to award, how much and for how long, is made by your local authority. They will also decide how to treat any income or other resources you may have. The amount you are awarded could cover all or part of your shortfall in rent or the costs of taking up a tenancy.
What documents will I need?
How are payments made?
A Discretionary Housing Payment could be made to you or direct to your landlord. The payment could be a one-off or an indefinite award. Your local authority will also decide whether to backdate or not and if so for how long.
Does DHP affect other Benefits?
A Discretionary Housing Payment will not count as income or capital when calculating your entitlement to means-tested benefits or Tax Credits.
Change of Circumstances
Your local authority will inform you of the changes in circumstances that you are required to report to them.
No right of appeal
There is no right to challenge a decision made by your local authority as the payments are awarded at their discretion. If you are not successful, you can apply again at the start of the next financial year, providing you are still entitled to housing benefit or the housing costs element of universal credit.
If you require further advice or assistance on making a Discretionary Housing Payment claim, you should contact your nearest local advice agency.